Review of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro: Watch of OnePlus: Xiaomi arrives in the UK with a bang its Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is almost as good as a OnePlus 6T and equals it in price.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro may be a little whirlwind, it is pronounced “show-me-me-eight-pro,” but its launch in the United Kingdom represents a historic moment. The most significant event that has seen the domestic smartphone scene since OnePlus was invited for free in 2016.
This is because, as the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Xiaomi has everything necessary to shake the status quo of smartphones. This is a company with the ability to produce high specification phones at prices never seen before, exactly the kind of approach that has made OnePlus so successful in recent years.
Review of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro: What you need to know
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro everything you need to know about Xiaomi as a company. It is a smartphone with an iconic class specification: a 6-inch tall, thin OLED display, a Snapdragon 845 processor and a second rear camera with 2x optical zoom, but at a lower price than you might expect.
The question is, can the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro match our current favorite, the OnePlus 6T, for performance and overall value?
Review Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro And price & competition
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is a precisely on par with the OnePlus 6T when it comes to pricing. For £ 499, you get a genuine first class phone, something that few manufacturers can compete for good value for money.
An obvious rival is the F1 Little phone of £ 330, but that also happens in Xiaomi. Among most smartphone manufacturers, the closest thing to this kind of performance for the money is the Honor range of phones with Kirin technology. The Honor Play, for example, which has the company’s old flagship processor, the Kirin 970, costs only £ 280.
Review Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro: design and key features
Why not choose the F1 Pocophone, then? Mainly, because the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is the most attractive device. The Mi 8 Pro has to be 1 of the most unusual phone designs we have seen in 2018.
It is not that it looks different from the front. Here, there is a 6.2-inch screen of the tall, narrow variety that fills almost the entire front of these devices, with a notch on the top edge. The volume control and the red power button are on the right edge; there is a Type C USB jack on the bottom edge between a pair of speaker grilles and the dual SIM tray is on the right. You also get a fingerprint reader on the screen and a front camera with first infrared unlocking that works in the dark and during the day.
However, the most exciting part is the back of the phone: instead of colored or textured glass, a transparent panel exposes the entrails, processors and circuit boards of the phone to everyone. I appreciate that it is not for everyone, but it is indeed a surprising departure from the norm. Unfortunately, if you do not like it, you are stuck: this is the only design of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro that will be officially available in the UK.
Impressively, the Smartphone is also equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, so it has a nice slippery feell under the finger and is easy to clean fingerprints and dirt.
However, there is no dust or water resistance rating, and the Mi 8 Pro does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack either. The most disappointing thing that there is no storage expansion, although, with 128 GB of storage on board as standard, it is a smaller problem than it could have been.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro review: screen
Another area that impresses the Mi 8 Pro is the screen, which measures 6.2 inches on the diagonal. It is the no sharper screen of the block with its resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 (which gives a pixel density of 402ppi), but the real news here is that it uses AMOLED technology. In this stratum of the world of smartphones, I would expect to see lower IPS screens, but not here.
Let’s be clear, the screen of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is not as good as that of AMOLED in the Samsung or Apple, but it gets the same thick black and excellent contrast offered by all AMOLED screens. Also, whenever you disable the adaptive contrast and visual comfort, the screen has a reasonable color accuracy. It can reproduce 97.7% of the sRGB color gamut, and the color accuracy (when measured against a sRGB lens) is impressive.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Review: Performance
However, the raw performance is where the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro shines. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4×2.7GHz, 4×1.8GHz) inside, accompanied by an Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB of RAM and Storage options 128GB This line means that the phone is exceptionally responsive and fluent in regular use. Also, the reference points, as well as any phone launched this year, keep the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
The battery life is respectable but not a leader in its class. That means that it is not quite up with the OnePlus 6T but, among its other rivals, the Mi 8 Pro offers a more than impressive performance. In our video summary test, it lasted 15 hours, 40 minutes, which translates into a comfortable day of moderate use.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Review: Cameras
The cameras are a weak point for cheaper phones, but the Mi 8 Pro also starts here strongly. It has a dual camera configuration the back with both capture photos at 12 megapixels. The main camera has a nice and bright aperture of f / 1.8, large pixels of 1.4um and optical image stabilization; the secondary camera adds a 2x optical zoom with the aperture of f/2.4 but slightly small 1um pixels with less light-gathering capacity. The front is a single 20 megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.
That accumulates reasonably well against the OnePlus 6T, which remains the benchmark in the mid-priced smartphone sector. In fact, in some aspects, the Mi 8 Pro has the superior feature set. In particular, I would take the optical zoom of the Mi 8 Pro and the larger pixels on the OnePlus 6T depth mapper, a higher resolution and 1.22um smaller pixels.
The camera software is also reasonably well presented and useful. Of course, it has “AI” capabilities and a professional manual mode, but there are also a couple of extras here that you usually do not see: a circular and parallel tilt-shift mode and an automatic straightener that triggers horizontally corrected images. It matters how oblique your shooting angle is.
The critical question is: do the results match the impressive features of the Mi 8 Pro? The answer is, as always, yes and no. The Mi 8 Pro is more impressive when there is little light, where, shock horror, the camera works better than the OnePlus 6. Its larger sensor and more sensitive handling of noise mean slightly cleaner and less muddy images in poor conditions light.
In a better light, I will not call it good light because my test scene was captured on a very gray day in London: the OnePlus borders the front, particularly for HDR images. The photographs captured with Xiaomi’s HDR mode looked softer and more saturated compared to the same scene taken at the same time on the OnePlus 6T. Even with HDR off, the highest resolution of 6T is still worth it. The photographs look more natural and much sharper.
The other area in which the Xiaomi loses a bit of the brand is the video. Yes, you can shoot in 4K, and you can do that stabilized, but you can not shoot at 60 fps like the OnePlus 6T. Moreover, its video stabilization is not the softest either. It eliminates the slight tremors, but the images do not seem as disturbingly stable as in the OnePlus 6T.
In general, however, the images look natural and are full of sharp details. Together with the excellent quality of the still images, it contributes to a camera that, in general, is among the best at its price.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Review: Software
The only area where the Xiaomi Mi 8 is significantly short is the software. As A Huawei and Honor, Xiaomi insists on employing its Android launcher, called MiUI, and here it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Not A fan it looks the way it works. Like the Huawei EMUI, MiUI removes the icon from the application drawer at the bottom of the screen to download all the application icons on the desktop. Unfortunately, there is no way to reinstall the application drawer beyond the download of a third-party launcher such as Nova. I also do not like the way Xiaomi has redesigned the icons of all the main applications and blocked lock screen notifications look horrible.
In general, however, it seems generally free of clutter. Yes, there is the usual list of duplicate applications for things that the main Google software already covers. Moreover, no, it is not as clean as Android in Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL or even OnePlus 6T. It is also slippery, fast and sensitive, and that goes some way to compensate for your discomfort.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Review: Verdict
The Mi 8 Pro demonstrates precisely why I am so excited about Xiaomi’s entry into the UK. It means that we have another manufacturer that focuses on offering real value for money instead of reinforcing profit margins with each incremental release.
In short, if you like a bargain and are bored by OnePlus phones, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is the smartphone to buy. It is a phone with emblematic internal interiors, but at the price of a medium ranger and goes hand in hand with the OnePlus 6T in the price.
For the money, the OnePlus 6T is still, marginally, the top phone, but if you choose to choose the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, you will not be disappointed. Not a bit.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro specifications
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4×2.7GHz, 4×1.8GHz)
RAM = 8GB
Screen size = 6.21in
Screen resolution = 1,080 x 2,248
Pixel density = 402ppi
Screen type = AMOLED
Front camera = 20MP, f/2
Rear camera Dual: = 12MP (primary), f/1.8, OIS; 12MP (2x telephoto), f/2.4
Flash Dual = LED
Dust and water resistance No
3.5mm headphone jack No
Wireless charging No
USB connection type Type-C
Storage options 128GB
Memory card slot (supplied) No
Cellular data 4G, Cat16 (1Gbits/sec DL, 150Mbits/sec UL)
Dual SIM Yes
Dimensions (WDH) 75 x 7.6 x 155mm
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo
Battery size 3,000mAh
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